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Winter is right around the corner, so now’s the best time to prepare your Fort Pierce home for the changing weather. If you want to make the most of your HVAC system this season, follow these simple tips to save more energy today:

Maintain Your Heating Systems — Before winter sets in, you should make sure your heating system is in good working order by scheduling a consultation with a professional. If you use a furnace, be sure to replace the filter once a month.

Adjust the Temperature — For each degree you can bear to lower on your thermostat, you’ll save approximately 2 percent on your heating bill. Installing a programmable thermostat will also help you maintain better control over your energy use.

Seal Air Leaks — Air leaks can be found in every home and the more you seal, the more efficient your HVAC system will be. The easiest way to get started is to apply caulk or weatherstripping around the edges of your doors and windows.

Reduce Heat Loss From Your Fireplace — If you never use your fireplace, make sure to plug and seal the chimney flue. If you use it intermittently, keep the damper closed when no fire is burning. And when it’s in use, open the nearest window if there’s no damper at the bottom of the firebox.

Lower the Cost of Heating Water — The first way to lower the heat of your water is to switch your water heater’s temperature to the warm setting, which is 120 degrees. Also, make sure to take short showers and only wash full loads of clothes and dishes.

Use Heat From the Sun — To lower energy costs, uncover south-facing windows to let in natural heat from the sun. Just be sure to close the curtains or blinds at night.

If you’d like to learn more ways to save energy this winter, or if you have any other home comfort questions, contact the experts at NisAir Air Conditioning today. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Martin County, Palm Beach County, Indian River Counties and their surrounding areas since 1973.

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